Hidalgo, TX- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP officers), U.S. Border Patrol agents, and officers from the Hidalgo, Texas Police Department working outbound enforcement operations at the Hidalgo/Reynosa International Bridge seized over $66,000 in U.S. currency that was destined for Mexico.
On Oct. 15, officers working at the Hidalgo International Bridge came in contact with a southbound 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe and its occupants, a male Mexican national, age 34, and a female Mexican national, age 28, both from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The vehicle and occupants were referred to secondary for further inspection. In secondary, officers seized $66,443 in undeclared U.S. currency that was found hidden within the traveler's personal effects. CBP officers seized the vehicle as well.
The two travelers were transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigation (ICE-HSI) for further investigation.
Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr port of entry said, "I commend our CBP officers, Border Patrol agents and police officers for working together in a joint effort to prevent this type of commodity from being illegally exported to Mexico."
It is not a crime to carry more than $10,000, but it is a federal offense not to declare currency or monetary instruments totaling $10,000 or more to a CBP officer upon entry or exit from the U.S. or to conceal it with intent to evade reporting requirements. Failure to declare may result in seizure of the currency and/or arrest. An individual may petition for the return of currency seized by CBP officers, but the petitioner must prove that the source and intended use of the currency was legitimate.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.